All students should purchase a laptop lock to secure laptops while in studio.
A simple lock like this one should be sufficient.
Whether you choose a Mac or a PC*, one of the most important things to prioritize is RAM. RAM enhances your computer’s ability to multitask, an important function as you learn to use a variety of architecture and creative software. The School of Architecture recommends a laptop with the following:
Intel i7 Processor
12-16 GB of RAM
512 GB Solid State Drive
15” Display with a minimum resolution of 1920 x 1080
*Please note: Some of the rendering software (including Revit and Rhino), that students will use for their studio work, will only work with Windows. Students who choose to purchase a MacBook Pro, will need to download Windows as well, and use Boot Camp to run those programs.
An external optical mouse
A 64 GB USB flash drive
A 21” external monitor capable of XGA (1024×768) is helpful but not required.
An external hard drive or cloud storage for backing up your computer is also strongly recommended
An extended manufacturer’s warranty or other service arrangement is highly recommended. You are responsible for maintaining your own computer.
Mac computers are safe from virus and other malicious activity. The School of Architecture recommends that you do not install any anti-virus applications on an Apple OS X machine. They have proven to interfere with the operation of the OS X system. Anti-virus software for PCs can be purchased at your discretion.
If you have questions regarding computers/software, please contact the Northeastern University help desk at 617.373.HELP.
The School of Architecture is committed to using software that is widely used in the architecture industry, and available for student use. The Adobe CS package allows students to manipulate graphics, transform images and prepare projects for presentations. Please purchase the most current versions of the following software programs by the first day of class:
Adobe Creative Suite Design Student Edition
You can purchase the Cloud version via MyNortheastern (see Discounted Software)
Autodesk AutoCAD Architecture